Odisha Assembly House Committee To Meet President Over MSP Demand, BJP To Stay Away

30 November 2017

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to meet the President of India for airing its grievances on the farmers’ plight and demand for hike in the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy while BJP has decided to stay away from the delegation.

Notably, the House Committee led by Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat had earlier unanimously resolved and decided to meet the Prime Minister, but to no avail despite several communications made with the Prime Minister Office (PMO).

After disruption of house proceedings and adjournments consecutively for two days (Tuesday & Wednesday) following ruckus created by both the ruling BJD and opposition Congress as well as BJP members over the paddy MSP hike and farmers’ plight, normal business was witnessed on Thursday.

The unanimous resolution was passed and decided that the House Committee led by the Speaker would meet the President of India relating to the MSP hike. However, BJP, who is at the helms of affairs at the Centre, has decided not to be a part of the House Committee to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

While the adjournment motion moved by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra on “State’s Farmers Crisis-Ridden. Both State & Central Governments Apathetic” was accepted by the Speaker for discussion, he had called for the Business Advisory Committee meeting after ruling party chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy moved motion on paddy MSP. House was adjourned for half an hour at around 11 pm.

Normalcy returned to after the Business Advisory Committee Meeting and discussions on motion over the Paddy MSP went underway in the House and consequently the resolution to meet the President of India was passed.

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Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, Odisha